Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the Region's trout, explore karst terrain, and see our exhilarating exhibit hall! Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, Visitor/Environmental Education Center, and to fish in the creek! Hatchery grounds are open 365 days a year while the Visitor/Environmental Education Center remains open 364 days annually (only closing on Christmas Day). FREE visitation! Make plans today to get connected with nature at Wolf Creek NFH!

Upcoming Events

Photography Workshops

Flyer for photography workshop, details below.

Enjoy photography but need a little help to get started? Join professional photographer, Scott Roberts, for an introductory workshop. Learn about your camera and how to get the perfect shot. Cost is $5; checks payable to Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

For more information contact Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington by phone at 270-343-3797 or by email at moria_painter@fws.gov or ashley_buffington@fws.gov.

Bee Keeping Workshops

Flyer for nature hour, details below.

Classes are presented by Laura Rogers with UK Extension and are FREE! We will meet in the education classroom of the Wolf Creek NFH Visitor Center. Please Call to RSVP and save your spot.

  • April 14: Bees and Flowers
  • May 4: Hives and Gear
  • May 25: Diseases in Hives
  • June 15: Honey Harvest & Marketing

For more information contact Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington by phone at 270-343-3797 or by email at moria_painter@fws.gov or ashley_buffington@fws.gov.

Catch a Rainbow

31st Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Flyer for fishing day, details below.

For ages 1-15, a wonderful, free event! Register at least 30 minutes prior to fishing times. Lots of PRIZES - Fishing Assistance Available. Bring your OWN fishing tackle (no fly rods). Organized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc - Catch a Rainbow Committee.

Kids fishing Pool

  • Open for children ages 1-4
  • Open from 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Poles furnished for kiddie pool only!

Fishing Times

  • 9:00 - 10:00am Ages 5-6
  • 10:15 - 11:15am Ages 7-8
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm Ages 9-10
  • 12:45 - 1:45pm Ages 11-12
  • 2:00 - 3:00pm Ages 12-15

Fly Fishing Clinics

Flyer for fly fishing clinics, details below.
  • Learn more about fly fishing and hatchery creek.
  • 2nd Saturday of each month.
  • June, July and Aug classes are limited to 15 participants. Must Preregister!
  • Cost - Every effort will be made to offer FREE clinics, a nominal fee may apply.
  • We encourage you to bring your own equipment - equipment will be provided on a limited basis.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather, each class may include an outing.
  • Classes may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather - Call the hatchery for details.

For more information contact Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington by phone at 270-343-3797 or by email at moria_painter@fws.gov or ashley_buffington@fws.gov.

Nature Craft Club

Flyer for event; details below.

February and March: 2nd Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00pm CST.

April and May: 2nd Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30pm CST.

Join expert crafter, Eli Mackewich, at Wolf Creek NFH in making your very own nature inspired craft! Craft costs will not exceed $12. Fun for all ages. Please RSVP prior to class.

Upcoming Topics:

  • February: Rolled Paper Baskets
  • March: Wind Chimes and Sun Catchers - $5
  • April: Mushrooms - $12
  • May: Leaf Casting - $10

For more information please contact Ashley Buffington or Moria Painter 270-343-3797.

2nd Annual Hatchery Creek Trout Trot 5k Results

Winners pose for a photo after the race.

Download the results

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Public Use Opportunities

  • More than 100,000 visitors yearly
  • Visitor/Environmental Education Center
  • Hatchery tours
  • On-site/Off-site presentations
  • ADA accessible public fishing area
  • Nature Explorer Hiking Trail
  • Fishing Events
  • Nature Hour
  • Nature Craft Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFW meets the Cumberland River. Photo: USFWS.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Our Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.

Station Facts:
Established: 1975
Number of staff: Nine permanent
Annual budget (FY17): $985,000

Two volunteers clearing a trail.

Volunteers make Wolf Creek NFH great! Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss make improvements to the nature trail.

A USFWS team member hand feeds trout in one of the hatchery raceways

Hand feeding fish at the raceways. Photo: USFWS.


USFWS team harvests cultured mussels

Employees harvest mussles cultured on site. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels in hand

Painted creekshell mussels. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels on a rocky substrate

Painted creekshell mussels on rocky substrate. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: May 3, 2017